VW’s new ID.4 all-electric crossover. What’s it really like??

I elected to swerve on reviewing the all-electric VW ID.3 because I was awaiting the release of its bigger, more SUV-like sibling, the ID.4. You won’t be at all surprised to learn that the ID.4 is built on the same platform as the ID.3. These form the underpinnings of VW’s new all-electric architecture, termed “MEB” (I’m not going to tell you what MEB stands for – it’s…

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Woowoo! England is back open for business!

The long-awaited April 12th re-start has finally arrived. In addition to restaurants, pubs, salons and other non-essential shops, we are super excited to see the re-opening of car dealerships. Not only does this mean that we can freely peruse the showrooms (with Covid-safety measures in place, of course) to check out the newest models that boast the latest and greatest features, we’re now able to carry out…

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Move away from SUVs and into what – a Mondeo? Wait a second…

I thought this article from the BBC this morning was quite amusing, particularly as it’s come hot on the heels of the recent announcement that Ford was to discontinue making the Mondeo – a sedan that everyone is familiar with and can trace its roots back to the Cortina with a healthy dose of Sierra for good measure. So what’s a car buyer supposed to do these…

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Japan slow to build pure EVs? Perhaps, but it could be for good reason…

This is an interesting article from the Guardian in so much as it chips away at a thought that I’ve had for a while, namely is the push towards electrification happening too quickly and will national auto makers cope? Japan has clearly established themselves as a formidable automotive superpower with vehicles that boast exemplary build quality matched with good design and performance. By virtue of them being…

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New Vauxhall CEO delivers blunt message for UK car manufacturing. Uh oh.

This story is interesting in so much as it addresses an elephant in the room – namely how does the UK car industry expect to survive in a post-Brexit world? The CEO of the newly formed Stellantis Group (a $50B merger between FiatChrysler and Peugeot – owners of Vauxhall) announced that he has reservations about the viability of Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port factory which currently manufactures petrol and…

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Japan caters to its ageing drivers – but will it be enough?

There’s some interesting bits in this Bloomberg article regarding Japan’s older drivers. After a high profile road accident last year involving an 89 year old former senior bureaucrat that resulted in the death of a mother and child, safety features have taken even greater importance amongst the Japanese car manufacturers. As an aside, it was also interesting to read that in the wake of the accident, roughly 350,000 drivers…

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Chinese EV maker Nio announces Tesla beater…

Chinese EV maker and NYSE-listed Nio announced to much fanfare the launch of its first battery powered saloon at the company's annual "Nio-Day" event in Chendou this past Saturday. The car is aimed squarely at Tesla's Model S and also hopes to eat some of Mercedes-Benz's S-class and BMW's 7-series lunch, too. The unimaginatively-named ET7 is set to be priced at £50k for the entry-level model with…

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Apple to make an EV? Errr… maybe!

Just before Christmas Apple announced that they intend to make an electric vehicle with a target date of 2024. This isn't Apple's first foray into car building, having initially launched the idea back in 2014 before scrapping it and relaunching it again 2019. Also, Apple has shifted back and forth between focusing their efforts on building an EV versus focusing on just self-driving technologies. What makes the…

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Car makers starting to stall on EV rollout timelines

Over the last couple of weeks I've seen an uptick in articles highlighting the issues we face in the wake of the Government's recent announcement for the abolishment of new car sales of both petrol and diesels by 2030. The Guardian newspaper had this to say about the extraction of lithium - a key material used in EV batteries - while a Sunday Times article writes on…

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3 year warranty just not long enough on VW GTEs…

This article from the Guardian highlights two separate owners of an identical VW Passat GTE who both experienced problems related to the hybrid systems. In both cases, VW refused to shoulder the cost of the very expensive repairs based on the fact that their respective 3 year warranty's had expired. In both cases the warranty had literally JUST expired, too. Ouch. Thankfully the Guardian was able to…

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